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Causes of anorexia in cats

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Causes of Anorexia in Cats

There are many possible causes of anorexia in cats, here are some of the most common ones:

Infection with worms.
Dental diseases.
Diseases of the respiratory system.
Stress, anxiety, depression.
Digestive problems.
Flavor the food.
The place of eating has changed.
Food spoilage.
Change the diet.
Not taking vaccinations.
Swallowing something strange.

Here are the reasons in more detail:

Infection with worms
A cat with worms
Infection with worms is one of the most common causes of loss of appetite in cats towards food, as it is known that cats are infected with worms about every 3 months, and this happens to domestic cats as easily as in outdoor cats, especially if there are several cats sharing a contaminated sandbox or eating invalid food, so if you notice any of the following symptoms you should take your cat to the vet immediately.

Constant nausea and vomiting.
Loss of appetite and aversion to food.
Excessive rubbing of the eyes, squinting, or discharge.
Difficulty breathing.
Dental diseases
Cats are exposed to many dental problems that are a major cause of their loss of appetite and stop eating for a while, such as the presence of gum infections or excess tartar, in addition to inflammation of other oral tissues that can be very painful, unfortunately, cats can also develop cancerous tumors in the mouth and their symptoms are as follows:

Bad breath. bad breath.
Bleeding from the mouth.
Respiratory diseases

If your cat has a stuffy nose, it may be difficult for her to smell her food and she won’t eat as a result, and if this happens, you may need to rely more on wet foods with strong flavors, and if your cat doesn’t eat her usual wet food, try switching the flavor.

If you notice any of the following symptoms on your cat and do not eat it after the change in the flavor of the food, I advise you to go to the vet immediately to take the necessary measures and save your cat before she loses her life:

Having a lot of sneezing.
She sheds unusually many tears.
Runny nose.
Stress, anxiety, depression
Feline depression

Cats also have feelings, and there can be many emotional or behavioral reasons for losing their appetite and stopping eating, it is known that cats grieve over the parting of their owner, whether animal or human and this is a common reason for cats to stop eating for a long time due to going through an anxiety and depression phase.

Construction inside or outside the House.
Add a new family member.
Change the place of food or sandbox.
Digestive problems

There are several digestive problems that can cause decreased appetite in cats, such as:

Obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract.
Ingestion of a foreign body.
Stomach cancer.
Inflammation of the pancreas.
Inflammatory bowel disease.
Nausea may occur due to kidney disease that causes cats to vomit, changes in thirst and urination, or taking medications such as antibiotics or chemotherapy.

Swallowing something strange

The natural curiosity of kittens sometimes leads to them getting into trouble, it is known that cats eat threads on the floors or hair falls out on carpets, and other things that can get stuck in the stomach or small intestine, and this behavior is one of the most common causes of anorexia in kittens and stops at food suddenly, due to the presence of hairballs or threads in their stomach, so we advise you to go to the vet immediately if you suspect that your cat has eaten something that she should not eat or if she decreased appetite is also accompanied by vomiting.

Note: If your cat’s anorexia persists for more than two days, you should contact your veterinarian immediately to find out the cause and the best method of treatment. The sooner you check your cat’s health, the sooner you can save her.

Take vaccinations

Vaccination of cats blocks appetite

Many domestic cats often experience anorexia after receiving vaccinations, which is a natural cause and is considered one of some side effects of cats after vaccinations, which are usually temporary and mild.

Food flavor

A cat may eat one flavor of the same brand but completely rejects the new flavor because it is used to the flavor of its favorite food, so you need to know when your cat’s food changes to another flavor or another food, you may notice your cat’s aversion to this food, in which case you should return to its old food.

The Shape of Food

Your cat can also be sensitive to some forms of food, some cats like triangular or round shapes, and others eat only crispy dry food or canned wet food, so we advise you to read our article about the best types of dry food for cats.

Food spoilage

If you give your cat expired or spoiled food, it’s normal that she stops eating, so check the expiration date of the food or at least sniff the food to see if it smells rotten or fresh.

Tip: Did you know that dry cat food can become stale or spoiled Vitamins and fats can be eroded if food is not stored properly, so keep the food in its original bag because the bag has a special barrier to keep the food inside and stay fresh.


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